FREEZE| Christmas Lights at the First Mall

BACK in the early 90s, Davao residents rejoiced with the advent of the first shopping mall in the city. Victoria Plaza became the center of shopping and dating. The operation of mall theaters signaled the beginning of the end of stand-alone cinemas.

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 Former Miss Universe Margie Moran Floirendo would be sitting next to me and my companion, on many occasions, watching the latest movies from Hollywood in the mall theaters. That was the closest thing for me to rub elbows with an international celebrity without talking to each other.

“BATANG 90s” or those who grew up in the 90s enjoyed this place for many years

“BATANG 90s” or those who grew up in the 90s enjoyed this place for many years

 Victoria Plaza was originally designed by Capampangan architect Sonny Labao with a beautiful fountain and an amphitheater. Vendors of cheap clothes and copycat merchandise now occupy that area.

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A KIND of “Hallmark” spirit glows at Victoria Plaza during the Christmas season

A KIND of “Hallmark” spirit glows at Victoria Plaza during the Christmas season

 Twenty-five years after the opening of the first shopping mall in Davao, the city has become home to any other shopping malls but Victoria Plaza managed to remain competitive. Its kitchenware department is still pleasant, the grocery department quite adequate, and the fine restaurants surrounding the parking area continue to attract customers.

SOME of the best restaurants in Davao City can be found inside the Victoria Plaza compound

SOME of the best restaurants in Davao City can be found inside the Victoria Plaza compound

 The Christmas tree and lights there may never become as spectacular as what Mana Furniture store used to show to Davaoeños but they consistently adorn the nights during the yuletide season.

 Congratulations to Victoria Plaza for keeping good cheers for 25 years.

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